Prescription Drugs & FDA

  1. Integrative medicine goes mainstream

    The quiet medical revolution that could change your life

    You know I don't like to toot my own horn, but I've got some news today that I can't help but share.

    I've just been given an incredible honor for my work here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Dr. Joshua Axe -- the radio host, doctor of natural medicine, chiropractor, clinical nutritionist, and owner of the popular Dr. Axe website -- just came out with his list of the nation's Top 50 Functional and Integrative Medical Doctors.

    And I'll give you one hint who made the cut.

    That's right, your favorite holistic doctor is on the list!

    Dr. Axe wrote:

    "Dr. Stengler, 'America’s Natural Doctor®,' fuses his training in conventional medicine with natural alternatives for a powerful combination of modern technology and ancient therapies. When he's not seeing patients, Dr. Stengler is often on television as a medical expert or author of books -- he's written 30, including a top-selling book in health food stores!"

    When I first started in this business more than two decades ago, the powerful drug industry and its allies in mainstream medicine did everything it could to block us and, in some cases, even shut us down.

    The Internet has changed that.

    For the first time ever, doctors such as myself -- and newsletters such as House Calls -- are able to reach patients directly with science-backed breakthroughs, allowing them to read the evidence and make better and more informed choices.

    Now, we've become impossible to block and shut down.

    It's just the opposite: The doctors who've made the list with me include some the best-known names in medicine, including physicians who are practically media celebrities: Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Dean Ornish, creator of the famous Ornish Diet.

    I don't always agree with all of them on everything, but this list shows just how diverse natural medicine really is... and how widely accepted it has become.

    So, rather than celebrate my own position on the list, let me take the opportunity to celebrate you: You put all of us there. You forced the mainstream to take natural medicine seriously. And you're at the forefront of a movement that has revolutionized health care.

    Continue to read House Calls. Keep doing your own homework. Ask the important questions, especially the ones that make your own doctor just a little uncomfortable as he's forced to rethink and reevaluate his assumptions.

    And if you want some personalized care on today's leading conditions including chronic diseases, why not visit one of the Top 50 Functional and Integrative Medical Doctors?

    Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in the San Diego area.

    Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Antidepressants increase death risk by 33 percent

    Deadly new risk linked to antidepressants

    Depression can make it feel like you're going to die... and, sadly, in some cases it can make you feel as if you WANT to die.

    But while the depression itself won't actually kill you, your treatment sure could.

    New research exposes a hidden risk of the antidepressant drugs now taken by more than 30 million Americans, including many who use these drugs for years at a time.

    They can actually increase your risk of death from every cause.

    The researchers behind the study believe the key to the risk is in serotonin. That's a critical neurotransmitter essential to your mood -- but the same drugs that work to keep it in your brain can stop it from reaching other parts of your body.

    That means it can't get used by your heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs that need it.

    The result is damage. Deep and lasting damage -- including damage that might not be immediately obvious.

    But that doesn't make it any less deadly.

    The new study finds that these drugs will increase your risk of death from every cause by a third.

    The damage seems to hit hardest right where you want it least. It's tough on your cardiovascular system -- so much so that the drugs increase your risk of death from conditions such as heart attack and stroke by 14 percent, according to the study in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

    Even if the drugs worked well, they wouldn't be worth those risks.

    But one of the dirtiest secrets in modern medicine is that they don't work well -- and, in too many cases, they don't really work at all.

    In new studies, some of them can't even beat placebos!

    The reason is pretty simple: There are a number of possible causes of depression, and these drugs fix exactly none of them.

    Most of them attempt to increase serotonin, since low levels of the neurotransmitter are linked to mood disorders. But they don't truly increase serotonin. T hey just trick your body into reusing what's already there.

    There's a much better option: The amino acid 5-HTP is converted into serotonin in your body, giving you a boost without the tricks.

    The best approach for you, however, will depend on the cause. If time, prayer, and 5-HTP don't lift your mood, seek the advice of a holistic medical doctor who can check
    you for the other conditions that can lead to depression, including low hormone levels.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  3. Drug studies hide true risks

    SCANDAL: Big Pharma shenanigans exposed! Maybe this sounds familiar: Your doctor switches you to a brand-new drug, claiming that THIS ONE is better, safer, and more effective. You take it and notice... well... nothing. You might even feel WORSE! Yes, friend. You weren't helped. You were DUPED! It wasn't just you, either. New research shows how your doctor, your pharmacist...
  4. Probiotics ease antibiotic-related C. diff infections

    Protect yourself from the WORST antibiotic side effect There are times when an antibiotic can save your life... and times when it can ruin it. Too often, it can do BOTH at the same time! Even when the drug does its job and wipes out an infection, it can leave behind a SECOND infection with a nasty little diarrhea-causing germ...
  5. Flu shot won’t protect older patients

    REVEALED: Flu shot doesn't work in seniors All my local retailers already have the Halloween decorations out, but the scariest displays in the store have nothing to do with ghosts and goblins. At least we all know THOSE aren't real. The TRUE chills come where you least expect them -- and, in this case, they're in the signs pushing flu...
  6. Antibiotics can damage critical immune cells

    How antibiotics can wreck your immune system I'm sure this has happened to you at some point. You went to a doctor with a minor infection... were given an antibiotic... and ended up glued to the toilet. I won't get into the dirty details. It's the most notorious side effect of antibiotics, coming for a visit -- and if you...
  7. PROOF: Chronic fatigue syndrome is real

    Your doc may owe you an apology There's a greeting card for everything these days. They even have birthday cards... for pets. Can you believe it? But there's one old-fashioned type of card mainstream docs need to start buying in bulk, and it's nothing nearly so specialized. It's the one that has just two words, and I don't mean "happy...
  8. Antioxidant eases multiple sclerosis

    MS patients can be helped by lipoic acid You gotta love the mainstream. If something works, it MUST be a drug, right? They just can't bring themselves to admit that non-drug treatments can be better than meds -- so if you've seen headlines about a "new drug" discovery for multiple sclerosis, I've got news for you today. It's NOT a...
  9. Doctors often make decisions without evidence

    Does your doc treat mainstream guidelines like gospel? I just don't get it. Mainstream docs claim to rely on science -- and yet they'll thumb their noses at any natural therapy, even when it's backed by gold-standard research. Now, the latest research exposes how what they say and what they do are actually do very different things. It turns out...
  10. Statins can boost Parkinson’s risk

    Common drug linked to Parkinson's risk It's one of the most terrifying diseases of aging... and you might pick this one up where you least expect it. At your doctor's office! Parkinson's disease is a nightmare condition that every senior fears, yet new research finds that one of the world's most commonly used drugs -- a med you or someone...
  11. Hypertension drug may be quadruple trouble

    'New' blood pressure drug packs unknown risks They say misery loves company -- and, if that's true, the latest mainstream "treatment" for high blood pressure is going to be a veritable love-fest. That's because it's not just one miserable med. It's FOUR of them... taken all at once! The "trick" here is that you only get a very small dose...
  12. Pneumonia antibiotics are failing

    The deadliest pneumonia season yet is coming It's one of the most alarming reports I've seen in a long time -- and, given what's going on in the world right now, that's saying something. Yet it's getting ZERO attention in the mainstream media! Common antibiotics are failing when it comes to pneumonia -- already one of the nation's deadliest infections...
  13. Beta blockers don’t work after heart attack

    Common 'heart attack drug' doesn’t work! It's practically an automatic. If you're lucky enough to walk out of the hospital after a heart attack, you'll have a stash of beta blockers in your pocket and a prescription for refills already on file. It's not a temporary measure, either. You'll be expected to be on these drugs until you take your...
  14. Hypertension drugs rejected by seniors

    Many seniors WON’T touch this drug Talk about missing the point! The mainstream is absolutely obsessed with figuring out ways to practically force patients onto meds they don't want or even need. Sure, most patients tell their docs they're taking their meds... but many don't REALLY take them. So, researchers cooked up a test to SPY on older patients to...
  15. Antidepressants pushed by Big Pharma ‘test’

    Why your doc thinks you’re depressed Not depressed? Wrong! Your doc says you are. He might even insist you're so deep in the dumps that there's only one way to dig yourself out. And that's meds. That doesn't just FEEL wrong. There's a good chance it IS wrong -- because it turns out one of the main tools docs use...
  16. Statins don’t work in healthy older patients

    Turns out most folks DON’T need statins! Those cholesterol meds that are supposed to save your life? Well, it looks like they could be RUINING it and maybe even ENDING it instead! For years now, docs have pushed statins on just about everyone over the age of 65. Doesn't matter if you've never had a heart problem... and it doesn't...
  17. Amputation risk linked to diabetes drug

    The new drug warning EVERY diabetic needs to see There's an urgent new warning EVERY diabetic needs to see -- and it comes STRAIGHT from the FDA. One of the most commonly used new drugs given to diabetics -- a medication that's done BILLIONS in sales -- can lead to a horrific side effect. I hope you haven't eaten before...
  18. Painkillers linked to heart risk

    When your 'safe' painkiller packs a killer risk Not too long ago, Vioxx was the biggest thing in medicine. Seemed like EVERYONE with pain was taking it. You know what happened next. This ugly drug (a.k.a. rofecoxib) turned out to increase the risk of heart attack so much that it was eventually yanked off the U.S. market. Well, friend, maybe...
  19. New drugs can carry deadly risks

    The REAL risks of new drugs They're supposed to be the latest and greatest treatments -- big breakthroughs to help desperate patients facing dangerous and even deadly health conditions. But don't swallow that pill just yet! A new study reveals the DARK SIDE to the fast and furious rush to bring new meds to market as quickly as possible, showing...
  20. Statins can cause spinal problems

    Could this be causing your back pain? Well, that didn't take long at all. Just last week, I warned of disastrous consequences if the mainstream gets its way and puts 9 million new patients on cholesterol meds. Now, the latest research finds that many of them would suffer with a severe -- possibly even crippling -- side effect that no...

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